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Brad Stevens finishes 4th in Coach of Year voting 04.21.15 at 10:18 am ET
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In just his second year as an NBA coach, Brad Stevens is making a huge impression on the league.

The Celtics coach finished fourth in the NBA’s Coach of the Year voting getting two first place votes, four second place votes, and 28 third place votes for 50 total points. Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer won the award with Steve Kerr finishing second and Jason Kidd third.

In his two seasons he has a record of 65-99, but went 40-42 leading the Celtics to the postseason this year.

They will take on the Cavs Tuesday night for Game 2 in their best-of-seven series trailing 1-0.

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Celtics roundtable wrap-up: Team awards 04.17.15 at 12:58 pm ET
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With the end of the regular season, WEEI.com’s Celtics writers — Julian Edlow, Sam Packard and Ben Rohrbach — have come together to hand out some team awards. On Sunday Ben Rohrbach will have a complete preview the first-round playoff series between the Celtics and Cavaliers.

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Brad Stevens has his hands full again this Celtics season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Brad Stevens surprised many around the league by guiding the Celtics to the playoffs. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

TEAM MVP

Julian Edlow: It sounds so corny to make a coach the MVP, but it’s the truth. Brad Stevens is the Celtics‘ MVP. What he’s done, going from a revolving door of players into a tight-knit team that’s hotter than anyone in the East, is truly remarkable. Each and every one of Stevens’ guys love playing for him, and it shows out on the court.

Sam Packard: I was leaning toward Stevens, too, for all the reasons Julian mentioned, but for variety’s sake I will take a player. I think Avery Bradley is the MVP this season. In addition to his great defense, Bradley has been the Celtics‘ most consistent scorer. If he could just extend his range out about three feet, he would be an All-Star.

Ben Rohrbach: Brad Stevens. When the front office trades your team’s top scorer (Jeff Green) and top playmaker (Rajon Rondo), injuries claim your last three first-round picks for at least 15 games apiece (Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart), and you’re operating at various stretches of the season with Avery Bradley, Brandon Bass, Evan Turner and even Tayshaun Prince as your best player, it’s probably safe to say your coaching played an important role in your team winning 40 games.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

JE: The playoffs are as big of a surprise as we could have imagined. No one saw this coming when the C’s were 16-30 just 2 1/2 months ago. Fast forward to the postseason and Boston is 40-42 — finishing up at 24-12 since Feb. 2. And for those who would consider changing the playoff format, and I’m not against this, the Celtics still would be in with the 16th-best record in the league. But if the playoffs were too broad of an answer, getting Isaiah Thomas is a big surprise, too. He’s a huge reason that they are where they are.

SP: Who knew Evan Turner could be this good? No matter what he does, he is going to be the most hated Celtic on Twitter, but I have been really impressed by his ability to run the offense this year. His 2.5 turnovers a game are annoying, but the guy needs the ball in his hands to make plays, and he does exactly that. This year he joined Larry Bird, Antoine Walker, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo as the only Celtics to have three triple-doubles in a season.

BR: Turner. Anybody who thought a guy who ranked 205th in assist-to-turnover ratio last season would essentially be running the point as arguably the most important player for a playoff team this year is kidding themselves.

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Celtics-Cavaliers playoff series schedule released 04.16.15 at 7:23 am ET
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The NBA has released the first-round playoff schedule after the regular-season wrapped up Wednesday night. The Celtics-Cavs series will begin Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.

Here is the complete schedule for the series:

Game 1: Sunday, April 19 at Cleveland, 3 p.m. (ABC)
Game 2: Tuesday, April 21 at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Thursday, April 23 at Boston, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Sunday, April 26 at Boston, 1 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5: Tuesday, April 28 at Cleveland, TBA*
Game 6: Thursday, April 30 at Boston, TBA*
Game 7: Saturday, May 2 at Cleveland, TBA (TNT)*
* If necessary

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Celtics clinch playoff spot with Nets’ loss to Bulls 04.13.15 at 10:29 pm ET
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The Celtics have clinched a playoff spot thanks to the Nets‘ 113-86 loss to the Bulls on Monday night. The Celtics currently sit in seventh in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of the eighth-place Pacers. The Nets drop to ninth with Monday’s loss and can no longer catch Boston. The C’s wrap up the regular season with games against the Raptors on Tuesday and Bucks on Wednesday.

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Jo Jo White, Tommy Heinsohn named to Basketball Hall of Fame 04.07.15 at 7:59 am ET
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The Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2015 enshrinement class was announced on Monday and among the inductees will be Jo Jo White and Tommy Heinsohn.

Heinsohn was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1986 as a player, but now will become the fourth person to go in as both a player and a coach. He joins Bill Sharman, John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens as the other three people to do so. He coached the Celtics from 1969-78 and won two NBA Championships. He was the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 1973 and finished with a coaching record of 427-263 (.619).

White starred with the Celtics and was a seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA Champion. White was named the Finals MVP in 1976, and averaged 17.2 points, four rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game in 12 NBA seasons. He also won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team in 1968.

After the page jump are video highlights of the two. For more Celtics news, check out weei.com/celtics.

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Marcus Smart beats Raptors at buzzer in OT, putting Celtics in 8th place 04.04.15 at 10:40 pm ET
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The roller coaster rookie season of Marcus Smart continued Saturday night and provided the biggest high point of his young career.

The rookie out of Oklahoma State converted a layup as time expired in overtime to give the Celtics a critical 117-116 win over the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors in Toronto.

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The win improves the Celtics to 35-42 and put them a half-game ahead of Miami for eighth place in the East and just a half-game behind the Nets for seventh. The Heat which plays Indiana on Sunday night in the return of Pacers star Paul George, lost 99-98 at Detroit. The Nets were obliterated on the road, 131-99, in Atlanta Saturday night.

With only 2.6 seconds left and Boston trailing by one in overtime, Smart took a pass from a driving Isaiah Thomas and got behind the collapsing Toronto defense to score the winner.

Thomas scored 25 points, Tyler Zeller had 20 and Evan Turner added 18 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who are off until Wednesday when they play in Detroit.

The Celtics appeared headed for a heart-breaking loss when Lou Williams hit a three with four seconds left, putting Toronto up, 116-115. The Celtics were able to overcome an amazing performance by DeMar DeRozan who scored 18 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Williams finished with 27.

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